"Preach the Gospel. Use words if necessary."
- St. Francis
What is mission?
"Mission" is the word we use to describe the ways we're loving people in word and action. We believe that God loves each and every person fully and freely, and that we have been freed by Christ to serve our neighbors.
We are always seeking to advocate for our neighbors and respond to current needs in our community.
"Accompaniment" is a way of understanding ministry that emphasizes walking alongside our ministry partners. We believe that ministry is mutual, equal, just, and interdependent. We use the word "accompaniment" to describe how we walk alongside immigrant and refugee communities in our community. This area of our mission is lived out in the following places:
Supporting Kiswahili Lutheran Mission, our closest partner congregation
Working with Inspiritus and TIRRC as they welcome people to our country
Hosting partner congregations, mainly made of immigrants and refugees, in our building
Hosting the Growing Together program of the Nashville Food Project
In relationships between members of our church
Jazz & Music Ministry
Our jazz ministries create a strong community of friends and artists. We believe music, creativity, and community are essential to human flourishing.
Every Saturday from 2-4, we host the Nashville Jazz Jam, a free music event. Every second Sunday, we host Jazz Vespers in our sanctuary. On months with five Sundays, the fifth Sunday features jazz music.
Our choir is led by Ted, our church musician, and sings from a great variety of genres.
Do you have a musical gift you wish to share? Get in touch!
At Christ Lutheran Church, we host the Growing Together Project. Growing Together gives refugees and immigrants from agricultural backgrounds the ability to make a living wage from their skilled labor of growing food. On the eight acres of our property, they grow thousands of pounds of organic produce for the whole city.
We are also in the process of creating a larger community garden program for members of our various partner congregations. Check out our newsletter and Facebook for more information on this emerging project!
Partner Churches & Organizations
We practice hospitality as a form of spirituality, including hosting a number of ecumenical partners. Our partner churches represent the ethnic, linguistic, and national diversity of South Nashville. Together, we pray for one another and mutually care for one another's ministries.
Our sister churches include:
Our partner organizations include: